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The Truth About Liver Disease

I didn't know this but many victims of liver disease are not alcoholics. Even people who are casual drinkers could risk damaging their liver. And people who never drink alcohol could still have serious liver problems.

There are actually more than 100 liver diseases. The American Liver Association says that drinking alcohol can affect your liver, but it's not the only thing.

Other causes include viruses, hereditary defects, and reactions to drugs and chemicals. Scientists are still investigating the causes for the most serious liver diseases.

Most doctors will agree that 1 drink a day, or less, is a good amount for a woman. For men, it's 2 drinks or less a day. Of course 1 drink doesn't mean 1 humongous glass - a standard drink is one 12-ounce beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or one 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. Each of these drinks contain about 1/2 an ounce of alcohol.

Obviously you'll be better off steering clear of alcoholic beverages entirely. But moderation definitely comes into play here - just keep your liver's health in mind. And if you know you have liver problems in your family, you may want to think twice about finishing off that bottle of wine.

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Marci Marci 10 years
Good luck Bunbunhun! Please let us know how it all goes when you feel up to it. P.S. I saw 'Snakes on a Plane' and agree that it could be the culprit!
Marci Marci 10 years
Good luck Bunbunhun! Please let us know how it all goes when you feel up to it.P.S. I saw 'Snakes on a Plane' and agree that it could be the culprit!
Bunbunhun Bunbunhun 10 years
Thanks Butrfly. It's major surgery, but I'm just keep telling myself it's no big deal. The doc I'm seeing does transplants all the time, so I'm sure this is a piece of cake for him. The worst part is the timing, though - the day before my daughter's b-day. :(
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
BBH - I'm so sorry!! Good luck with your surgery!!
Bunbunhun Bunbunhun 10 years
It's kind of funny seeing this here. I just developed a benign tumor in my liver last August.* I rarely ever drink, maybe once a year, or every 2 years, so having a liver problem was quite a shock. It's so important to know that these problems can happen even if you aren't a drinker. I'm having the entire right lobe removed in 3 weeks, so I think my sparse drinking days are definitly behind me! *I found out about it when I became violently ill after watching Snakes on a Plane - I swear that movie was the culprit!! ;)
Bunbunhun Bunbunhun 10 years
It's kind of funny seeing this here. I just developed a benign tumor in my liver last August.* I rarely ever drink, maybe once a year, or every 2 years, so having a liver problem was quite a shock. It's so important to know that these problems can happen even if you aren't a drinker. I'm having the entire right lobe removed in 3 weeks, so I think my sparse drinking days are definitly behind me!*I found out about it when I became violently ill after watching Snakes on a Plane - I swear that movie was the culprit!! ;)
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Sad. I'm glad I don't drink. My husband doesn't either.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Butrfly that's horrible! What a terrible prank. Idiots. I worry about some of my friends now, we're out of college but they still go out and drink like 15 beers/drinks/whatever on Friday and Saturday... Wonder what the health consequence will be 20 years from now...
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Butrfly that's horrible! What a terrible prank. Idiots.I worry about some of my friends now, we're out of college but they still go out and drink like 15 beers/drinks/whatever on Friday and Saturday... Wonder what the health consequence will be 20 years from now...
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
When my mom's step-brother was younger, he was drinking shots with his 'friends' and they got they drunkenly brilliant idea to "trick" him and put lighter fluid in his glass. He drank it and his liver was shot. I saw him about 10 years ago and he was near death..so sad that people don't think about the consequences to their actions and it ends up taking lives.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
When my mom's step-brother was younger, he was drinking shots with his 'friends' and they got they drunkenly brilliant idea to "trick" him and put lighter fluid in his glass. He drank it and his liver was shot. I saw him about 10 years ago and he was near death..so sad that people don't think about the consequences to their actions and it ends up taking lives.
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